A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 93
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LIMESTONE, FREESTONE AND LEON COUNTI 'E.q.
yard of a refined and hospitable American
gentleman, Mr. Boyd, of Limestone county!
After indulging in this beverage and some
* eat prepared by the Indians, Henderson
offered him his gun-all he had left-if he
would allow Lane to ride his horse and
pilot them to Parker's Fort. Hepromptly
accepted the offer and faithfully performed
the engagement. They got in the
"With the fate of poor Violet, this
sketch, already too long, shall close. A
party was immediately dispatched in
search of the poor fellow, and fortunately
they touched at Tehuacana Spring
also, when what must have been the
surprise and joy also, to find the sufferer
there. Incredible as it may appear, he
had crawled on his 'all fours'--his hands
and feet-twenty miles, and by a mysterious
providence he had just reached the
spring when his deliverers arrived. He
was taken in and finally recovered.
" The little stream at the extreme
head of which this bloody tragedy occurred,
has been made to perpetuate it
through its significant name, 'Battle
It will be seen that there is a slight
variation in the spelling of certain names,
of both men and Indians, not only in
these but other writers quoted in this volume.
That is an early Texan privilege.
FURTHER INDIAN DEPREDATIONS.
The -transits and the gun were about
equal in importance in a survey that year.
The following incident, as well as the preceding
one, will illustrate it: " During the
year 1838, says a writer in Indian Depre
dations in Texas, -thlree mnenl, Sparks,
Barry and Holland, were killed i}y the Inidians
on the south side of Richlamd creek,
about twelve miles from where the town
of Corsicana now stands. These three
men belonged to a surveying party and
were killed by Indians who had placed
themselves in ambush near the line they
were running. The rest of the party escaped
by flight. William F. Sparks was
a well known land locator from the town
of Nacogdoches, and his name as surveyor
is attached to a great number of land titles
in that region of country. These three
men were never buried, as there were no
friendly hands near to administer the last
sad rites of interment. Sotne of the surveying
instruments of this party were
found twelve or thirteen years afterward
about four miles south of Corsicana.
"About one year after this occurrence
there was a battle fought by Captain
Chandler and Lieutenant William M. Love
at the head of about forty Texans, with a
large body of Comanche Indians. This
was a running fight and was continued
about ten miles. A number of the Indians
were killed while the Texans lost
only one man. At the commencement of
the engagement the Indians began to retreat
and ran to their encampment, which
was stormed by the Texans, where nearly
four thousand dollars worth of property
was captured. The gallant Colonel C. M.
Winkler, late of Corsicana, who so nobly
won honors under General Lee, of Virginia,
participated in this fight." (Richard
Sparks, instead of W. F., is said to
have been the one referred to.)
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/95/: accessed May 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.